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  1. I think this looks cool. Sounds the business as well.
  2. I thought this was decent, very good for an hour or so, ran out of ideas towards the end. Ray Winstone was entertainingly shit.
  3. Now you mention, it is a bit reminiscent of Skies of Arcadia.
  4. Just finished Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch) in ~40 hours - it's an action JRPG where you are shipwrecked on an island and have to rescue other castaways and plot your escape whilst uncovering the mysteries of the island. It is a weird one to talk about. I really enjoyed it but hard to put my finger on why. The writing is bad, the over-arching plot is very tropey with some dumb but entertaining twists, the graphics, particularly the environments, are pretty bad (not surprising as it started life on PS Vita) but the character and monster designs are pretty cool. What it comes down to is very satisfying combat; smooth progression that can be done in 20-30 minute chunks with no need to grind if your exploration is relatively thorough; and the loop of uncovering different parts of the island to find new survivors to give you new abilities to access further parts of the island is pretty compelling. And 40 hours is relatively brief for a JRPG these days! Maybe one for the JRPG heads only, but a solid 7/10 if you are.
  5. Ok "elite football" then, but any modern elite sportsperson pursues the optimal strategy that minimises risk and maximises opportunity for reward based on the actual rules of their chosen sport. As an aside I don't know what a more satisfactory and practicable alternative to penalties would be though.
  6. I wasn't trying to be harsh! I'm just not sure that in a Euros final, a thing England have never experienced, there was some magic tactical key that Southgate just needed to find to unlock the game. It might have taken every last piece of the English players' skill just to keep the Italians at bay. From the touchline, Southgate could have sensed that his players had nothing left, trying to change things might only upset the apple cart, and a penalty shootout was the only realistic chance to pinch it. We can all say he should be braver, maybe even that it is better to die 3-1 by the sword than live through the agony of penalties, but elite sport can't think like that, it has to keep alive the opportunity for the victory as long as it can.
  7. A lot of this analysis assumes that a) Italy are passive observers and aren't going to react to counter whatever you try to do, b) the players on the pitch are actually able to execute what you want them to do. If you bring on Henderson and Saka and they play poorly that is on them as well right? I felt maybe he could have changed Sterling and I think Grealish for Mount should have happened much earlier. But you can drive yourself mad going round and round with this sort of hindsight analysis. Ultimately it was a match of very fine margins and it is possible - likely - that given all other factors, in the end 1-1 and penalties was the best outcome we could manage.
  8. I get what you are saying, rich nations already have a huge advantage in many sports because of the money they can throw into training facilities etc, but a) I don't know what you can realistically do about that or where you draw the line on it, b) that isn't an argument to allow the playing field to become even more unfair. PEDs are at least one aspect of fairness in sport that you can take concrete action against.
  9. This is exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote that.
  10. Admittedly I know absolute jackshit about track and field so that is probably a stupid comparison, just substitute whatever sport comparison makes sense, you understand what I mean!
  11. They are banned because a) they are inevitably dangerous to use, b) they give an unfair advantage at an international level to countries that can afford the testing labs and the pharmaceuticals. You think that Jamaica would ever be able to compete with the USA ever again at 100m if they started doping their best athletes? And at that point what are we watching anymore? Not sport but science experiments.
  12. It is definitely not "awful" but for a Nintendo exclusive it lacks polish and attention to detail which is disappointing. Most of the modes needed a lot more time in the oven. They should have been brave and focussed on the core golf game and the courses and maybe released the adventure mode as a later expansion once they had a clearer idea of what it should be. I've played stuff like Paper Mario the Origami King and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker recently and this really suffers in comparison - no love or care for the property at all, very rushed, not what you expect from a first party game.
  13. A fellow football fan tries to show a bit of empathy with us England fans in regards to the negativity our team is copping and you lot are straight on him lol.
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